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Happy Halloween from the SEPCO Team

Posted by SEPCO on 10/31/13 9:30 AM

We here at SEPCO wanted to wish you all a Happy and Safe Halloween. Please remember to check your candy, carry a flashlight and stay in groups with friends. For some last minute ideas on how to stay green this Halloween, check out our post Get Spooky and Stay Green and we'll see you back here after all the festivities. 

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Topics: Holiday

Can Your Solar Power System Stand Up to the Test?

Posted by SEPCO on 10/29/13 9:30 AM

Solar panels have been produced for years using a lot of the same components. Between silicon, glass and aluminum railing, there really isn’t much else to a solar panel. However, they are quite fragile.

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Topics: Solar Power

Some LED Math For Commercial Buildings

Posted by SEPCO on 10/24/13 9:30 AM

For me, the best way to convey the benefits of LED lighting is with numbers. Imagine your favorite department store, which is probably open from early morning to late at night. Or maybe it’s even open 24 hours a day. Now look up. Yes, that’s a lot of lights. 

Commercial spaces—like large department stores—can be energy suckers, with a considerable amount of energy being used to light indoor and outdoor spaces. With some being open nearly all day/every day, energy usage can accumulate quickly. Parking lot lights, ceiling lights, freezer and display lights. You need to see it, they need to illuminate it. 

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Topics: Guest Post, LED Lighting

Need Power? Use a Remote Solar Power System

Posted by SEPCO on 10/22/13 9:30 AM

While the rest of society is crowding the national energy grid and competing for increasingly costly resources, an enlightened few have taken it upon themselves to seek out a better alternative. But honestly, all they really had to do was look up! Remote solar power has a huge number of advantages over traditional sources of energy production, allowing cities, schools, and private companies to create their own source, in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly manner.

Highly reliable, with a long operation life, low maintenance, a silent and clean operation process, and on-call demand, remote solar power creates a value that is immediately apparent. The benefits of such systems are profound and wide-ranging, offering both monetary and intrinsic rewards to those who implement the technology. With r emote solar power having applicable uses in civil, industrial, and private infrastructure, it is now a viable option for all sectors of life. Large (and small) stakeholders can implement these systems for:

  • Electricity generation - lighting streets, parking lots, billboards, and parks, along with powering equipment, wireless sensors, fans, refrigerators, computers, security systems, and portable tools.
  • Standalone, autonomous energy - powering equipment in rural or remote areas without reliable grid access.
  • Revenue generation - producing electricity and selling the output. 

Additionally, as the price of solar power continues to fall and efficiency gradually rises, the obvious financial incentives are becoming more attractive. The strong economics of remote solar power are buoyed further by generous state and federal tax breaks, which are readily handed out to those resourceful enough to get on board.

But even with all the great monetary benefits, the peace of mind you receive when using such technology is part of what makes solar so unique. Not only are you reducing our energy reliance on fossil fuels, you are also freeing up space in the already overworked and inefficient energy grids of America by becoming an autonomous energy producer.

Fortunately, many forward thinking cities and organizations have already recognized the positive factors of such systems, along with acknowledging larger considerations, like the fact that solar power aids in economic development, the creation of high tech jobs, increased fuel diversity, national energy independence, and reduced market price volatility.

Remote solar power is an area of energy creation that is quickly gaining traction and will only become more important in society going forward. So get in on the ground floor and reap the countless benefits for years to come. Read More

Topics: Solar Power

Why Should You Buy a Solar Lighting or Power System?

Posted by SEPCO on 10/17/13 9:30 AM

There is no better way to become eco-friendly than to invest in either solar lighting or a solar power system, but the benefits for going solar are much deeper than any environmentally responsible feelings you may have.

The first benefit is cost effectiveness. Once installed, solar implementation costs nothing to run. All of its energy is drawn from the sun and that means free energy for your commercial application. And if you are worried about the initial cost of installation, there are several tax credits and grants available from the government, that can be used to substantially lessen the initial cost.  

Since solar energy has no moving parts, maintenance to keep any solar lighting or powered device is greatly reduced. All solar panels are self contained and need no upkeep to keep them functioning at peak efficiency. The new LED fixtures last virtually forever, so they rarely or never need to be changed, and even battery technology has advanced in leaps and bounds, so that battery replacement is measured in years. All of these factors combined, result in far less maintenance than a conventional power and lighting system, and that adds up to less cost for you. 

But the biggest factor is safety. Since solar power and lighting are all self contained, there are no wires that will become dangerous if exposed. Parking lights or street lights that are damaged or run over will never have live, and potentially deadly, electrical wires exposed. Building lights will keep areas illuminated even in power outages, and if you invest in a solar power system, security lighting and perimeter cameras will always be functional. Even such things as electrically solar powered gates will  open for any emergency situation. 

Modern solar lighting or power systems are cutting edge technology that is cost effective to install, and is cost effective to use. They provide a safety margin that is second to none over any other type of electrical powered equipment, even those that are powered by portable generators. 

For any commercial application, solar energy is the way to go now and for the future, that can be installed or retrofitted economically with government incentives. It will make your business, municipality or township eco-friendly, it will allow you to conform to the latest governmental regulations, it will lower you energy bills and it will always be a safer alternative to a grid wired electrical system. Read More

Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Power

Turtle Friendly Decorative LED Solar Street Lights for Bradenton Beach

Posted by SEPCO on 10/15/13 10:29 AM

Back in 2009, the City of Bradenton Beach decided to utilize renewable energy to lower their city’s electric bill and become more environmentally friendly. As they are a coastal city, there were certain aspects, such as being turtle friendly that needed to be taken into consideration. They also wanted to stay with the architectural nature of their area. With the partnership of Beacon Products, we were able to meet all their requirements and deliver turtle friendly decorative LED solar street lights.

The installation was completed in January 2010. The decorative LED solar lighting systems replaced 100 Watt high pressure sodium lamps with 17 Watt LED fixtures. The fixtures are decorative Urban style fixtures and provide turtle friendly lighting from dusk to dawn, every night, year round. The solar power assembly, mounting bracket, battery box, fixture and pole were all powder coated white to match the surrounding architecture.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, LED Lighting, Street Lighting, Decorative Lighting

Do Panels Have to Reside on the Roof?

Posted by SEPCO on 10/10/13 9:30 AM

Adding solar power to your residence usually entails mounting panels on top of your roof in order to maximize the exposure to sunlight. Although this is an out-of-the-way locale, does it have to be a rooftop addition? Not necessarily. Mounting panels on the roof is more for your own convenience while providing as much power as possible. If they don't have to be on the roof, then why are they?

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How LED Lights Proved to be Energy Efficient

Posted by SEPCO on 10/8/13 9:30 AM

When it comes to decorating a new house, most of us think about adorning it with colorful bulbs and lights. In the process of beautifying our home, we generally forget about our environment and cost of electricity. Despite of the repeated TV commercials underlining the benefits of LED lights, most of us still opt for traditional decorative bulbs.

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Topics: Guest Post, LED Lighting

What Options are Available for Outdoor Solar Lighting

Posted by SEPCO on 10/3/13 9:30 AM

In the world of grid connected commercial lighting, there are high installation costs, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance bills, high energy expenses and safety issues. But it doesn't have to be that way. 
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Topics: Solar Lighting, Street Lighting, Parking Lot Lighting, Bus Stop & Shelter Lighting

Stand Alone Solar Lighting Systems for St. Augustine Beach Pier Park

Posted by SEPCO on 10/1/13 8:44 AM

St. Johns County was looking to complete improvements into the parking areas at the beach parking and wanted to integrate a renewable aspect. The project was designed to integrate standard AC utility electrial lights while also integrating stand-alone solar lighting systems

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Topics: Solar Lighting, LED Lighting, Parking Lot Lighting

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